Radiating the Light of the Word to foster Rootedness in Christ, to Strengthen Faith, to Celebrate Contemplation, to Effect Reconciliation, and to extend generous Hospitality
As Missionaries of the Divine Word radiating the Light of the Word, we commit ourselves to provide a welcoming environment to all who seek for a life of wellness, wholeness, togetherness, and holiness. We achieve this through nurturing retreat experiences in nature’s womb sustained through constant accompaniment, compassionate listening, and unprejudiced acceptance aimed at awakening a sense of the Divine, healing brokenness and nurturing a culture of respect and all-inclusiveness for holistic human development.
Divya Dham is a Retreat Centre of SVD India-East Province (INE) situated on an 8-acre landscape with lush green ambiance in Jharusguda, in the state of Odisha. It enjoys the best commute as it is on national highway 49 that connects Jharsuguda to Belpahar and Raigarh. Divya Dham is 11.7kms away from Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda, 5.7kms away from Jharsuguda Junction railway station, and 7.4kms away from Jharsuguda bus stand. Purchased in the year 2003, this land is envisaged to be a place that radiates Catholic faith, quenches the thirst for the Word Divine, catalyses integral renewal of persons and welcomes people of good will to experience God who embraces all. Divya Dham, with a perfect blend of silence and simplicity, is an excellent place for retreat and renewal aimed at transformation.
Divya Dham has been recognized by Catholic faithful of the vicinity as a place of experiencing the Divine. Common folk call this place as “Jesu Mandir,” meaning the Temple of Jesus. Even though Divya Dham was blessed by Bishop John Barwa SVD, the then Bishop of Rourkela, on January 29, 2010, and was inaugurated by Late Fr. Joseph Topno, SVD, the then Provincial Superior of INE, there were no confreres residing in the plot. A handful of laity, especially women, of St. Arnold Catholic Church, Jharsuguda, accompanied and animated by SVD confrere(s) residing in the Provincial House, would visit Divya Dham on Saturdays and spend time in prayer. It was only on September 02, 2013 that Fr. Eusebius Rudolf Crasta SVD and Late Fr. Mathew Pulukatt SVD, taking up the role of the director and assistant director respectively, began to reside in the small farm house that was built by the previous owners of the property. Since then, Fr. Sunder Tandi SVD, Fr. Christopher John SVD, and Fr. Christu Raja Sekar SVD have served as assistant directors. Although not assigned any office, for a short time, late Fr. Alphonse Dung Dung SVD, who was waiting for his appointment to India-Guwahati Region (ING) and Late Fr. Roshan Ekka SVD spent a few months at Divya Dham. Currently, Fr. Eusebius Rudolf Crasta SVD serves as the director while Fr. Dixson Lawrence D’Souza SVD serves as the assistant director cum Treasurer. Hence till date a total of 6 confreres have offered their services at Divya Dham.
Structurally what exists is an old priest’s residence that has seen through some renovation, one-roomed structure that serves as staff quarters, a grotto of Our Lady of Fatima situated near the entrance to Divya Dham, common toilet section, and an open hall that caters to night vigils, retreats cum renewal programmes, and discourses. The five-bedded dormitory within the confines of the priest’s residence and a single self-contained room is all that we have to avail to those who wish to make their residential retreat. On weekends, Catholic faithful from nearby parishes and sub-stations participate in the prayer cum healing services held either in the chapel within the confines of the priest’s residence or in the convention hall. This place, which is wrapped up with a sense of austerity in the womb of Mother Nature, is a destination to many who wish to undergo counselling, spiritual direction, or go on a Lenten pilgrimage. Divya Dham also hosts retreats and recollections to formanees of many Congregations and to lay faithful. Due to regular prayer services on weekends and on days of importance, Divya Dham is often visited by people. In terms of its structural and functional viability, Divya Dham is still in its genesis.
Thank You Lord Jesus